Junior Lauren Benson was the only player able to convert on her penalty stroke attempt


Jeffs Defeat WNEC in Penalty Strokes for Third Straight Win

October 18, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Amherst College field hockey team increased its winning streak to three games with a 1-0 victory at Western New England College Wednesday night, taking the game into extra time and winning in penalty strokes.  Amherst improves to 5-6 (1-5 NESCAC) with three games remaining, all of which are against NESCAC opponents. 

Despite WNEC entering the game with a better record than Amherst, the two teams had equal records against like-opponents, with both the Jeffs and Golden Bears defeating Smith College and Mount Holyoke College earlier in the season and losing to Springfield College, foreshadowing an even match-up.   

To say that the game was even would be an understatement, as the two teams shut each other out for 70 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, requiring penalty strokes to determine a winner.  Of the combined ten penalty strokes in extra time, only Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) was able to find the back of the net, and in the end it was the visiting Jeffs who inched ahead of the Golden Bears for the nail-biting victory. 

Sophomore goalie Jane Mostue (Lincoln, MA) only needed to make one save in 100 minutes of game time, but she gave her team much more in the end, stopping all five of WNEC’s penalty stroke attempts to preserve the 1-0 victory for the Jeffs. 

As if the game were not close enough up until Benson’s goal, the Golden Bears’ junior Cori Eggert (Denville, NJ) came so close to scoring on her penalty stroke attempt that the officials needed a short discussion to determine whether the ball crossed the goal line.  Amherst literally won by only an inch, but it was enough to keep their winning streak alive. 

Junior Emilie Donka (White River Junction, VT) did all she could for the Golden Bears, recording an impressive 14 saves on the day. 
The Jeffs return to action Saturday when they will travel to Middletown, Connecticut for a NESCAC match-up with Little Three rival Wesleyan University.  The start time is set for 11:00 a.m.